Subject: Carry and Heather: right whale work

Dr. Cathy Schaeff (schaeff@american.edu)
Wed, 01 Oct 1997 14:50:44 +0000

> >From Carry and Heather: Could you explain a little more about your research?

What I really like to do is to collect behavioral data on whales and
seals and then try to see the patterns in what they do so that I can
figure out why they do it.  So, for example, the mtDNA study: mtDNA is
like a last name that comes down through the females -- all brother and
sisters from the same mom have a copy of mtDNA just like her.  By
looking at everyone's mtDNA pattern in a particular location (Bay of
Fundy) it became appearent that animals went to a summer feeding
location because their mom took them there (i.e., showed them the way)!


Hope you have fun learing about whales! Cathy
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Dr. Cathy Schaeff
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American University
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